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Analysing the Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers in an Artisanal Mining Zone in Maniema Province, DRC

Building on previous experience in Uganda, the Belgian organisation Eight World vzw started in October 2021, an Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) pilot project in a village in an artisanal mining zone in Maniema province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the coming years, more villages in that region will be added to this UCT …

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Program for the Development of Eastern Congo (P-DEC)

Eastern DRC continues to face complex crises rooted in conflicts around power, governance, identity and access to natural resources including minerals, land and forestry. The Program for the Development of Eastern Congo (P-DEC) adopts bottom-up peacebuilding approaches to reduce conflict and bridge social divisions. It supports communities and the private sector to: Build inclusive dialogue …

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Understanding Artisanal Mining Supply Chains and Conflict Financing in DRC

Reliable data enable observers, suppliers and policymakers to adress ‘conflict minerals’ trade in Eastern DRC When effectively monitored and mapped, legal and responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) supply chains can promote peace and stability while providing livelihoods and contributing to rural development throughout the Great Lakes region. In Eastern DRC, where the ASM sector …

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Madini

Madini – Strengthening Regional Stability in the Great Lakes

In December 2019, IPIS joined the consortium of International Alert, EurAC, OGP and Justice Plus to implement the Madini kwa Amani na Maendeleo (Minerals for Peace and Development) project, which aims to improve security, social cohesion and human rights in the conflict-ridden mineral-rich regions of eastern DRC. To achieve this objective, the Madini project plans to …

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Matokeo IPIS

Matokeo – Impact Monitoring for the ASM Sector

Matokeo (impact in Swahili) is a mobile-based technology solution to help monitor social, environmental and human rights hotspots in Eastern Congo and create more cost-effective and miner-centric monitoring systems. Dates: 2020 – Location(s): DRC Research Programme(s): Natural Resources Funder(s): Conservation X Labs’ ASM Grand Challenge Partner(s): Ulula Activities: Phone-Based Data Collection Deliverable(s): Data Visualisation Platform …

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Arms trade

Arms Trade Bulletins

In its Arms Trade Bulletin series, IPIS takes a regional and thematic approach and provides a digest on arms trade and security and the Arms Trade Treaties. Dates: Ongoing Research Programme(s): Arms Trade & Security Funder(s): Activities: Desk Research Deliverable(s): Briefings Project Coordinator Peter Danssaert Researcher e-mail This is the preview of the “Coordinator Project” …

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Due diligence

Due Diligence Series

With its series on Due Diligence, IPIS informs its audience on responsible sourcing, its frameworks and how to apply them and the challenges and pitfalls in its implementation. Dates: 2019 – 2021 Research Programme(s): Business & Human Rights Funder(s): IcSP Activities: Desk Research Deliverable(s): Insights Project Coordinator Lotte Hoex Researcher e-mail This is the preview …

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Impact of Covid-19

Impact of COVID-19 on ASM Communities

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPIS closely monitors the impact of the pandemic on 3T+G mines and national supply chains in Tanzania, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the DR Congo. Through structured quantitative and qualitative data collection, IPIS measures the impact on a large amount of mining sites. IPIS is working through …

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Monitoring human rights in Uganda via a CBHRIA methodology and mobile data collection tools

To empower community members to act upon their rights in the context of Uganda’s extractive industries, ASF and ANARDE aimed to use a community-based approach for assessing corporate human rights impacts. The objective of the project is to collect accurate and comprehensive data to monitor the enjoyment of human rights by rights-holders in two regions …

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Responsible gold Beni

Responsible Gold in Beni

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) engaged IPIS to prepare the ground to support the development of a responsible artisanal gold mining sector in Beni-Mbau, in line with international due diligence requirements. The research is part of a larger stabilization programme “Ensemble pour Beni”, implemented by a consortium that is led by IOM.  Gold mining …

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IcSP

Responsible Sourcing and Trade in Diamonds and Other Minerals

The European Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) engaged IPIS in a multi-year programme addressing the contribution of globalised mineral supply chains to the development and prolongation of violent conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.  Awareness of so-called “conflict minerals” since the early 2000s has seen responses from intergovernmental initiatives, such as the Kimberley Process Certification …

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COVID CAR

Belgian National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights in Conflict-Affected Areas

IPIS participates to the Belgian National Baseline Assessment on Business & Human Rights (NBA). The goal of the study is to chart the progress made by the Belgian government and companies since the establishment of the first National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights in July 2017. The NBA is executed by a …

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EPRM

Monitoring Gold in Eastern DRC: Ground-based Incident Reporting

With the support of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM), IPIS set up an independent, transparent and participatory platform for incident reporting and community empowerment in responsible sourcing in the Eastern DR Congo gold sector. IPIS has engaged in capacity enhancement of 7 mining cooperatives through a series of trainings and follow-up visits led …

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Mapping Artisanal Small-Scale Mining in the Central African Republic

In February 2019, IPIS began partnering with the Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) project from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase awareness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges of establishing responsible gold supply chains in the Central African Republic (CAR). IPIS supported the Ministry of Mines in mapping artisanal mining …

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Defence companies in Africa

Defence-Related Companies in Africa

Africa’s domestic defence industry remains relatively unknown. Therefore, IPIS and the Omega Research Foundation have compiled a database of the main entities comprising this industry, including companies that manufacture, assemble or maintain: arms and ammunition; aeronautical components; vehicles; as well as importing and management companies. This data has been mapped to give an overview of …

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